[CentOS] 10 Year old IT Infrastructure

Gordon McLellan gordonthree at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 01:57:18 UTC 2009


On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 7:28 PM, Bill Campbell <centos at celestial.com> wrote:
> FWIW, that 12+ year old SCO system can probably run quite nicely
> under a VMware virtual machine, and be significantly faster than
> it is today.  You won't get support for hardware like Specialix
> multi-port boards, so may have to replace a bunch of dumb serial
> terminals with networked devices, but that's certainly less than
> tens of thousands of dollars to ``upgrade'' (where I have often
> seen vendor's ``upgrades'' from SCO to be much worse to use than
> what they replace).
>

\\ gripe mode
That was my recommendation originally, either capture the existing
install, or perform a new install in a vmware/citrix VM.  However, the
vendor chose to do their programming in IMS Basic with the license
tied to undisclosed hardware signatures of the existing machine.
Additionally IMS supposedly will not license their software to run in
a virtual machine, according to the vendor who wants us to buy a new
server from him.  The best part the vendors deal, the "upgrades" will
cost us the same price if we buy the server from him or not - opting
not to buy overpriced hardware causes the programming fee to inflate
by an equal amount - how is that for service!
\\ gripe mode off

-Gordon


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